GOSSIP GIRL – “Seventeen Candles” Recap or Welcome to the Chuck train

GOSSIP GIRL - Leighton Meester as Blair and and Ed Westwick as Chuck in “Seventeen Candles”

[This recap will contain spoilers]

First let me just say that I LOVED GOSSIP GIRL‘s episode “Seventeen Candles” and someone named Chuck had something to do with it.

So Blair is turning 17! Happy Birthday B, but something tells me things are not going to be as happy as expected.

First I need to say, is it me or is Chuck becoming sweet? He might be suffering from the “I start out as a bad guy and end up being good” factor. We have seen this with Nathan in One Tree Hill and Logan in Veronica Mars. It’s the thing where you start hating them and then you end up liking them better than the original “nice” characters.

But before we get to Blair’s party, Dan (Penn Badgley) is hanging out with Vanessa (Jessica Szohr), again. Two things: 1) How annoying is Vanessa? She acts like Dan is her boyfriend and gets mad when he wants to see Serena (Blake Lively). 2) Turns out I don’t care about the Serena/Dan storyline that much anymore. Why? Because now I have Chuck and Blair to care about.

Cut to Blair’s birthday party and the “famous” balcony scene (ok so maybe it’s only famous in my mind…) with Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair (Leighton Meester).

Chuck being Chuck to Blair: “You’re ready for your present. [Blair pulls his ear] If you wanted to play rough, all you had to do was ask.”

Note: I Heart Chuck!

The whole balcony scene where he sort of admits he likes her and has butterflies (how cute)… all my repulsion for him is officially gone. The vulnerable side makes me melt every time.

So then Dan gets to the party with… Vanessa, WHAT?! Seriously, pick one, Serena or Vanessa?

Cut to: Hot Wager between Blair and Chuck – if she wins Chuck leaves her alone, if he wins she spends the night with him. Will Nate call at midnight? You know he won’t.

[I will have a side comment here and say: How cool was that guitar video game they were playing: Guitar Heroes. Funny thing is someone mentioned it to me a while ago and now I totally want to get it. Can I say Product Placement?]

Vanessa is a beotch! She brings up the whole Dan’s mom being back when she sort of knows Dan hadn’t told Serena yet, and then acts all innocent about it? Come on Dan, wake up!

GOSSIP GIRL - Blake Lively as Serena and Penn Badgley as Dan Humphrey in “Seventeen Candles”

Obviously, Serena is upset that Dan didn’t tell her about it and when she sort of mentions how he told Vanessa and not her, all Dan can find to say is: “I tell Vanessa everything, alright. I have since I was six.” Again, what?!

I’m with Serena on that one: “Well, you’re not six anymore, Dan.”

How stupid are you Dan? Hasn’t anyone ever told you that you tell your girlfriend about things happening in your life first before your tell your girl friend, if you know what I mean.

Back to the wager: While Blair is waiting for Nate to call her at midnight for her birthday, Nate (Chace Crawford) is hanging out with Little Jenny (Taylor Momsen)… interesting. Isn’t she too young for him?

Chuck, Chuck, Chuck Chuck Chuck (now imagine me singing it… okay maybe not a good idea)

Midnight and no call from Nate. Blair breaks down and all I can think about is that I am liking her more and more every week. Funny how everything can change in a matter of episodes. I started out liking Serena and Dan and now it’s all about the Chuck and Blair Show.

Chuck goes to comfort Blair and of course we find out that he is the one who bought the necklace Blair had set aside for her birthday. Totally saw that one coming, but it still worked. Good move Chuck!

Finally, Serena catches Blair making out with Chuck, and for some reason she seems concerned. Why? Blair and Nate are over, the girl has a right to have fun with whom she wants. Especially if it’s Chuck.

Finally, as I was writing this, I found out that our dear Ed Westwick who plays Chuck comes from England… it all makes sense now, that’s why I love him so much! Who can resist a Brit?

So Upper East Siders, what did you think of Gossip Girl‘s “Seventeen Candles”?